Western Australian Beaches – Burns Beach

Western Australian Beaches – Burns Beach

I’m lucky that I live close to some of the most stunning beaches in the world. Western Australia has over 20,000 kms of coastline and the stunning Western Australian beaches provide us locals and the visitors to our state with the opportunity to swim, surf, snorkel, fish, sail, canoe, kayak, surfski, parasail, paraglide and picnic to our hearts content. We can play beach cricket and beach volleyball, fossick in rock pools, make sandcastles, swim with dolphins and whales and sip wine as we watch some of the most incredible sunsets you’ll find anywhere. Unfortunately when you live so close to this natural beauty you tend to forget what’s on your doorstep. Over the next few weeks I thought I’d spend a little time reminding the locals what they have and showing the rest of you in other parts of the world exactly what you’re missing. I’m starting in the northern suburbs of Perth with a visit to Burns beach.     Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailPrintLinkedInGooglePinterestLike this:Like...
A Bunbury weekend getaway.

A Bunbury weekend getaway.

Thanks to Jo at Zigazag I’ve just spent a relaxing and reinvigorating weekend in Bunbury. Jo very kindly offered free tickets to the Geographe Crush, a wine and food festival held near Bunbury, and my name came out of her barrel of entries. Bunbury is an easy two hour drive south of Perth and my BFF (getting all modern here – using initials instead of actual words ) and I spent the time in constant chatter mode. We don’t get much opportunity to spend quality time together so the weekend started as we meant it to go on – talk, talk and a bit more talk. Bunbury We made it to Bunbury in exactly two hours and, surprisingly, managed to drive straight to the hotel with no taking the wrong turn, seeing sights we hadn’t intended to or wandering in circles – it’s not a big place but navigating as well as we did was still a major coup to us. Bunbury is port town in the south west of Western Australia and is a typical small town, with it’s main street accommodating some quirky small shops, it’s new(ish) shopping centre housing its traditional supermarkets and major shopping chains and the requisite cinema, entertainment centre and Visitors Centre. What Bunbury has going for it is it’s position – it’s neatly placed on Geographe Bay, so there’s a wonderful stretch of coastline within walking distance of the CBD and on the other side the tip of the Leschenault Inlet nudges up against the main road into town creating a lovely foreshore on which to wander. It’s a pretty place, if only the silos and industrial accoutrements of the port weren’t so much in evidence. The Lighthouse...
Travellingbag’s spring makeover

Travellingbag’s spring makeover

Spring is officially in the air here in Western Australia. With a few minor glitches (today being one of them), the weather the past week has been glorious – warming up but not too hot, the flowers are blooming, the hay fever sufferers are suffering and the flies have returned from their winter migration to get up our noses and into our eyes. There’s a spring in people’s steps. This time of year puts a smile on the faces of most people (those hay fever sufferers being an exception) and for a brief time, until we all start complaining that it’s too hot, we are all that little bit content with life. To celebrate the change of seasons, when we all unearth our summer clothes from the recesses of the wardrobe and shove our winter woollies and flannelette pjs out of site, I’ve given Travellingbag a spring makeover. With the help of the amazing tech savvy Sandy at MicroManage – because we all know how incompetent I am when faced with anything of a technical nature – Travellingbag is revealed in all her spring glory. We’ve gone lighter and brighter and hopefully a lot more user friendly. Make sure you put your email address in the box in the sidebar so that you don’t miss out on any of my travels, my tips and my upcoming reviews. You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram – @Travellingbag1 I hope you all like the new look and, please, let me know what you think – do you like it? Leave a comment below – I’d love to let Sandy know that all...
Margaret River Chocolate Company – Swan Valley Indulgence

Margaret River Chocolate Company – Swan Valley Indulgence

One weekend recently I spent a wonderfully indulgent couple of hours surrounded by chocolate. No, my willpower did not stand up to it, in case you’re wondering. I actually went for coffee with a friend but those clever people at the Margaret River Chocolate Company have very kindly put a café in the middle of chocolate heaven. With factories in both the Margaret River and Swan Valley wine regions their cafes are perfectly placed as an alternative when you need a break from the wine tasting. Now we all know that chocolate is good for us – fact. It contains a range of vitamins, is high in antioxidants (particularly the dark chocolate) and is well known for giving us that ‘feel good’ feeling. The Margaret River Chocolate Company has certainly honed in on our lack of willpower when it comes to anything that is going to make us feel good. They are not short on variety either with a range of chocolate products in white, milk and dark chocolate.  Their range of hand made truffles makes it extremely difficult to choose, so, in an effort to combine a couple of indulgences, I chose the Rum truffle and the Cointreau one. At $1.95 each they’re not cheap but well worth the outlay. My only other purchase (I was very restrained) was a pack of their dark chocolate pastelles. These are just straight forward chocolate buttons but I don’t think you can go past them, chocolate coated fruit and nut, honeycomb, ginger and lots of other varieties are available, but give me plain chocolate any day. Continuing the theme in their café they...
The Avon Descent – Western Australia’s white water event.

The Avon Descent – Western Australia’s white water event.

We’ve been flooded with international sport lately. When I turned on the T.V. last weekend I had so much choice. I could ooh and aah over the stunning scenery in Scotland, home to this year’s Commonwealth Games or take a ride through the French countryside and down the Champs Elysées in Paris with the Tour de France or I could fly down the track with the Formula 1 drivers in Hungary (brilliant job there Daniel Ricciardo!), or stay in Australia and watch our AFL teams fight it out in these latter stages of the season. For those of us here in Western Australia though we can give up the T.V. this coming weekend, get out in our own backyard and watch the exciting run down the Avon and Swan Rivers by a variety of power dinghies and paddle craft in the annual Avon Descent.                                             Early morning at Bells Rapids This 2 day time trial has been running every year since 1973, it follows the course of the river from Northam to the finish line at Riverside Gardens, Bayswater and attracts competitors from all over Australia and around the world. The Avon Descent passes through some of the most picturesque landscape on offer within a couple of hour’s drive of Perth. On the first day the course heads down river through the farming regions of Northam and Toodyay before stopping overnight at Cobbler Pool, 30kms from Toodyay. On the second day competitors then head down through the SwanValley with its world famous vineyards and tackle the major white water sections of the course, including Emu Falls, Championship Rapids and Bells Rapids.                                                 Bells Rapids at low water level The final...
South Western Australia – fun for all the family.

South Western Australia – fun for all the family.

I may not have firm travel plans for this year yet but the beginning of 2014 was off to a great start when I spent the New Year period in the south west of Western Australia with four generations of my family. The Margaret River region of Western Australia is a perfect spot for a family holiday with lots of attractions for all ages. We had three teenagers and a ten year old with us so the worry was that we wouldn’t be able to keep them occupied, but that worry turned out to be unnecessary as all of them got into the spirit of the holiday and enjoyed all that we could fit into the few days that we were there. This is the first of a few posts that I hope to do about the attractions of the area, there’s far too much to put into one post and far to many photos to choose from. So – Let’s start at the beach. SURFSIDE They wanted to go to the beach early – so I had them there early. By 7.30am on the first day we were down at the mouth of the Margaret River with their body boards and lots of enthusiasm. While the rest of the adults wasted the best part of the day in bed I was provided with a perfect photo opportunity. The sun shone, the ocean sparkled and the kids had a ball. The surf here isn’t for the littlies though so watch them carefully if they’re with you. The following day we were back there with the rest of the family in tow....
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